Meet our Faculty & Staff
Dr. Monica Belfatti
Assistant Professor in Education
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2003 M.S., Teaching, Learning and Curriculum,University of Pennsylvania
1994 B.A., English Literature, Swarthmore College
Teaches courses in foundations of teaching and learning and early childhood literacy and science methods.
Research areas: Early literacy,children’s inquiry, children’s sense-making of narrative and informational texts, visual literacy, and teacher inquiry.
In Brief: Dr. Belfatti is an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education. Prior to joining the faculty at Elizabethtown, she taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Education at Swarthmore College and the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Belfatti is a certified elementary teacher who has years of classroom teaching experience in both public and private school settings. In her research, she investigates the intersections of literacy and science with a focus on how texts, print-bound and multimedia formats, and instructional contexts mediate children’s understandings of the natural and social world. Dr. Belfatti has presented her scholarly work at national education conferences, including the annual meetings of LRA (Literacy Research Association) and AERA (American Educational Research Association).
Professor Wendy Bellew
Lecturer in Education
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1995 B.S., Education, Elizabethtown College
Teaches early childhood literacy methods courses, foundations of teaching and learning courses, and various other early childhood courses
In Brief: Professor Bellew joins the College as a Lecturer in Education, teaching primarily early childhood courses. Prior to coming to Elizabethtown College, she worked in the Hempfield School District (PA), teaching first grade and serving as an elementary school counselor.
She and her husband have one daughter.
Dr. Elizabeth Coyle
Associate Professor of Education
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2003 D.Ed. Pennsylvania State University- Harrisburg
1982 M.S., Mansfield University
1972 B.S., West Chester University
Teaches adolescent development, learning environments in inclusive settings, honors in the discipline, and contemporary issues in secondary education
Research areas: Violence prevention and classroom management
In Brief: Prior to joining the faculty at Elizabethtown College in 2004, Dr. Coyle taught graduate classes in School Violence Prevention, Childhood Mental Health Disorders, and Learning Theory at Penn State Harrisburg and Penn State York. As a member of the Education Department, she has taught courses in behavior management, special education, honors in the discipline, child and adolescent development, and contemporary issues in education. Her research interests include classroom management, bullying prevention, and women’s learning. She has shared her scholarly work in several publications and at a number of state, national, and international conferences.
Dr. Rachel Finley-Bowman
Associate Professor of Education Chair, Education Department
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1999 Ph.D. Lehigh University
1994 M.A., History, Lehigh University
1991 B.S., History, Drexel University
Teaches social studies methods and content courses, supervises student teachers, advises social studies education students, and mentors undergraduate honors thesis research .
Research areas: gender, citizenship/peace education, and national identity in Northern Ireland.
In Brief: Dr. Rachel Finley-Bowman is an Associate Professor of Social Studies Education and Chair of the Department of Education. Prior to her tenure at Elizabethtown, she was an Associate Professor of History, Chair of the Department of Secondary Education, and Co-Director of the Honors Program at Delaware Valley College. She has presented her scholarly work in several publications and at numerous regional,national, and international conferences. She was the recipient of the 2009 Kappa Delta Pi (International Honor Society in Education) Teacher of Honor Award. She is serving her second term on the Executive Board of the Pennsylvania Council for the Social Studies,(PCSS) and is a 2012-2013 fellow of the Education Policy and Leadership Center (EPLC).
Dr. Shannon Haley-Mize
Assistant Professor of Education
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2011 Ph.D. University of Southern Mississippi
2001 M.S. Early Intervention, University of Southern Mississippi
1997 B.S. Psychology, University of Southern Mississippi
Teaches Special Education block; methods of teaching and assessment in special and inclusive education
Research areas: Special education (area of emphasis EBD), technology integration, emotional behavior disorders
In Brief: Dr.Haley-Mize completed doctoral study in Special Education with an emphasis in emotional and behavioral disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. Past experience includes work with students in a psychiatric day and inpatient treatment setting, federal grant administration, and service-learning program development. She also completed a graduate degree in early childhood and served an educator, early interventionist, and administrator in an inclusive early childhood education setting. As part of this role, Dr. Haley-Mize collaborated with a transdisciplinary team to provide a range of services including interdisciplinary assessment, direct service provision, inclusion and family support, and classroom instruction for students with special needs and their families. Over the past four years, she has taught a number of university courses in education including assessment, behavior management, introduction to special education, and early intervention for infants and toddlers. Her research interests include new literacy studies, technology integration in P-16 education, and use of technology to support successful teaching and learning. She has shared her work on these topics at a variety of conferences.
She lives in Elizabethtown with her 3 daughters and her Cavashon puppy, Hazel.
Wendy K. Martin
Science Education Outreach Director
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2012 M.S., Lebanon Valley College
1993 B.S., Education, Millersville University
Responsibilities since joining Elizabethtown College in 2009 include Site Director and Mobile Educator for Science in Motion, Site Coordinator for the ASSET, Inc. Teacher Professional Development Program, Community Science Programming and Afterschool Science Clubs.
In Brief:Wendy K. Martin joined the Education Department in July 2013 as the Science Education Outreach Director. Prior to coming to Elizabethtown, Wendy was the Community Outreach Director with Pennsylvania Farm Bureau where her main responsibilities included providing educational programming about PA agriculture and coordinating the Ag in the Classroom Institute. Additionally, she was the Project Coordinator with Penn State’s Capital Area Institute for Mathematics and Science, where she provided hands-on science professional development for Early Childhood teachers. She loves spending time with family, gardening, cooking and baking.
She resides in Carlisle with her husband, Michael, and daughter Michaela.
Dr. Don Myers
Lecturer in Education
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1987 ED.D. Temple University
1972 M.Ed., Western Maryland College
1967 B.A., Modern Languages, Elizabethtown College
Supervises student teachers and methods block students in field experiences. Emphasis in school administration and supervision; Retired public school principal.
In Brief: Dr. Myers began his teaching career in 1967 teaching German and French at the Central York High School. In 1971, Dr. Myers began his administrative experience as an Assistant Principal at the Lower Dauphin School District. After several years at the Lower Dauphin School District, he was appointed Assistant Principal at the Dallastown Area Middle School, a position that he occupied until 1978 when he was appointed Principal in the same school. He retired from Dallastown in 1997. In addition to his administrative experience, Dr. Myers has taught and supervised student teachers at York College and Gettysburg College. Currently he supervises student-teachers and is in charge of coordinating the new student-teaching seminars.
He is married to Doris Myers who is also a graduate of Elizabethtown College. They have three sons and ten grandchildren.
Dr. Susan Pitcher
Associate Professor of Education
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2006 Ph.D. Pennsylvania State, University Park
1987 M.Ed., Bloomsburg University
1970 B.S., State University of New York-Geneseo
Teaches early childhood literacy methods courses, middle level English/Language arts methods courses, and English language learners & cultural diversity in the classroom
Research areas: Language and literacy
In Brief: Dr. Pitcher joined the Elizabethtown College Education Department in 2002. A certified reading specialist, Dr. Pitcher earned her PhD. from Penn State University in the area of curriculum and instruction with an emphasis on Literacy and Language. She teaches the Language Arts and Literacy courses for Early Childhood and Middle-Level certification as well as the course English Language Learners & Cultural Diversity in the Classroom. Dr. Pitcher’s research focuses on issues of reading policy and literacy practice. She is involved in literacy and language organizations and has presented at state, national and international conferences.
Dr. Juan Toro
Associate Professor of Education
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1992 Ph.D. Pennsylvania State, University Park
1979 M.S., Education, Western Illinois University
1976 B.S., Biology, Catholic University of Puerto Rico
Teaches child development, cognitive and learning, assessment and evaluation.
Research areas: Teacher education, program evaluation and curriculum and instruction
In Brief:Dr. Toro was born and raised in Puerto Rico. He attended catholic schools for his elementary, junior high, and high schools. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Catholic University of Puerto Rico. He possesses a Master in Science of Education from Western Illinois University and he obtained his Ph.D. in 1992 from The Pennsylvania State University in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Early Childhood Education. Dr. Toro began his teaching career in 1976. He was a Math and Science teacher in Ponce, Puerto Rico. He taught and chaired the departments of Secondary and Elementary Education at Catholic University of Puerto Rico where he stayed until 1990. After obtaining his doctoral degree in 1992, Dr. Toro began his work at Elizabethtown College.
Dr. Toro teaches Foundations of Teaching and Learning, Early Childhood Development, Educational Assessment and Evaluation. His interests include teacher education, and assessment. He has served as a team member for the Pennsylvania Department of Education Major Program Reviews several times and has presented papers in conferences and professional organizations on teacher education.
Dr. Carroll Tyminski
Associate Professor of Education
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1995 D.Ed. Temple University
1971 M.Ed., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
B.A., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Teaches special education courses and senior honors project in education
Research areas: Inclusionary practice in the US and abroad, intergenerational service learning
Book publications: Your Early Childhood Practicum and Student Teaching Experience: Guidelines for Success
In Brief: Dr. Tyminski received her doctorate in education from Temple University in 1995 and bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She developed a certification program in special education, as well as a concentration in special needs. Although she has taught a wide variety of courses, her primary areas of teaching focus on the areas of inclusion and cognitive, behavioral, physical, and health impairments. Prior to joining the Elizabethtown College faculty, she taught at York College of Pennsylvania, coordinated and supervised a full inclusion program in Maryland, and taught special education students in the public schools of both Maryland and Pennsylvania.
Dr. Tyminski volunteers as an advocate to help parents of special-needs students understand their legal rights and to help parents obtain appropriate inclusion of their children in the regular classroom. Her writing interests include strategies for successful inclusion, inquiry-based teaching, service-learning, and student teaching.
Professor James Wile
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1976 M.Ed. Millersville University
1970 B.S., Mathematics, Millersville University
Teaches mathematics courses, especially those involving elementary education, and methods of teaching mathematics.
In Brief: James Wile earned a BS in Education with a major in mathematics in 1970 from Millersville. Since that time, he has taken 115 graduate credits, which includes a Master of Education in 1976, a program specialist certificate in 1985 and a supervisory certificate in 1995.
After three years with the 902nd Military Intelligence Group, US Army, he taught at Conestoga Valley School District for 32 years. During ten of those years, he was a computer network manager. His last seven years before retirement was spent as the K-12 math supervisor where he implemented a K-12 math program, developed and presented math workshops, observed, evaluated, hired staff, and was involved in both the gifted and special education programs.
He started as an instructor at Elizabethtown College in the Fall of 2006. His primary focus is to prepare students to teach mathematics.
He and his wife have two children
Mrs. Diane DeArment
Director of Clinical Experiences & Certification Officer
2006 B.S. Business Administration, Elizabethtown
Responsibilities relate to field placement, student teacher orientation, instructor I certification, criminal clearances, Title II HEA Reports, graduate surveys, Education Department awards and scholarships
In Brief: Mrs. DeArment joined the Department in March 2007 as the Coordinator of Clinical Experiences. Previously, she was the Learning Services and Disability Services Coordinator for 15 years. Diane loves the Etown College environment and Elizabethtown College students. Her favorite thing to do is spend time with her husband, two daughters, son, their families and grandchildren. Other interests are reading, traveling, and spending time outdoors.
Mrs. Dana Wendling
Administrative Assistant, Clinical Experiences
1987 B.A. Telecommunications,Penn State University, University Park
Responsibilities relate to assisting with responsibilities related to field placement, student teacher orientation, instructor I certification, graduate surveys, Education Department awards and scholarships.
In Brief: Mrs. Wendling joined the Education Department in February 2013 as the Administrative Assistant for Clinical Experiences. Previously, she was the Residency Coordinator for the Child Psychiatry Residency Program at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Prior to that she was a substitute teacher in Dauphin County through the CAIU guest teacher program. Her past employment also includes working at USA Today Headquarters in Arlington, VA and the Patriot News in Harrisburg, PA in advertising.
She lives in Hershey, with her husband, son and daughter.
Ms. Johanna Gardiner
Department Administrative Assistant
1997 B.S. Early Childhood Education, Evangel University
Responsibilities relate to Provisional and Formal acceptance, Clearance compliance, Education department events, resource room and supervision of department student assistants as well as general department administrative tasks and responsibilities
In Brief: Ms. Gardiner joined the Department in February 2012 as the Administrative Assistant to the Department. Responsibilities include disseminating information and serving as a resource to students and faculty regarding compliance with all program requirements, clearances, Praxis testing and registration information; assist in the compilation of data required to meet state and federal regulations and ensure smooth and efficient work flow in the Education Department. Previously, she was an Executive Administrative Assistant for a large corporation in Reading, PA and prior to that served as an Office Coordinator in an administrative office of a local College.
Ms.Gardiner enjoys singing,collecting Pink flamingos, shopping, scrapbooking, spending time with family and friends and church activities.
She lives in Elizabethtown with her boxer, Daisey.